A/b: 2004 Touareg V8 Share Comments Want to see your car featured in an AUTObiography? Just click HERE. We can’t promise you that we’ll feature every car that gets submitted, but we encourage you to be creative with your answers, as that’s always a good way to score some brownie points with us. Quality photos won’t hurt your chances any, either, so please include up to five with your submission. Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: sup44 Q: How long have you owned this car? A: I’ve had it for a little over a year. Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car? A: It’s the first Touareg in the States known by Vortex members to have a front-retractable LCD and DVD player, PS2, and X-Box. Another Vortex member copied my LCD and DVD design and installed it in his T-reg a couple months ago. I helped. Q: What was your objective with this car? A: Mass functionality. Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as? A: OEMplus Q: Who helped you build this car? A: I installed all the mods myself and alone, except the keyless start. A fellow vortexer and his dealership helped with that one. Q: What makes your car special? A: The multiple functional electronic mods. Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function? A: The retractable LCD and DVD/MP3 player. Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? A: Other Vortex members inspired all of the mods. Q: What don’t you like about this car? A: The CD-based OEM Nav system is very inferior to what is available in other vehicles. Q: What would you change if you could? A: The OEM Navigation. Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project? A: I’d say an “8”, since it seems as if it can always be better. Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object? A: I’d modify the engine with a turbo system. Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project? A: Some Vortex members didn’t see the point in a front-viewable LCD for the DVD. Q: What do your family and friends say about this car? A: They absolutely love it. Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car? A: I’d say PA due to some of its long roadways. Q: What is your ideal day with this car? A: Any day I wake up to find snow-packed roadways. I enjoy driving to the mountains for some snowboarding and not having to worry if the T-reg can handle the roads – then playing the X-Box or PS2 game to warm up for the slopes, and afterwards, driving back home in the fast line while feeling like I’m going 55… Q: Who gets to drive this car? A: About 95% of the time I drive it, and my wife drives it the other 5%. Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be? A: “Mod now – enjoy later.” (I started modding the first week after I bought the T-reg.) Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it? A: It’s name is TRex. Q: What was your previous project? A: Keyless start. Q: What is your next project? A: As soon as it is available, remote start. Q: What one word best describes your car? A: Electric. Owner Information: Name- Mark Brink Address- Montville, NJ E-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org Occupation- IT Project Manager Club Affiliations- Just Vortex. Vehicle Information: Year- 2004 Make- Volkswagen Model- Touareg Mileage- 30K first year. Original Color- Off Road Grey Engine- 4.2 V8 Engine Modifications- None Exhaust Modifications- None Transmission Modifications- None Suspension Modifications- None Brake Modifications- Red Calipers Wheels and Tires- 18” Continentals Exterior/Body Modifications- Rackless; red calipers; stainless trim pillars; aftermarket hitch and hitch trim (goal is to keep the exterior very simple – keep it looking like a bullet) Interior Modifications/Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Retractable front LCD; glovebox DVD/MP3 player; hands-free phone system; sub woofer dash power button; inputs for iPod or laptop in dash; XM Roady system; hard-wired Valentine V1 radar detector; rear passenger A/V inputs for karaoke or any rca A/V source; 2 IR headphone for use with retractable LCD system; 10” self-power sub in rear hatch compartment; X-Box and PS2 hook ups in rear hatch (install and remove as needed – X-Box and PS2 are controlled via wireless 900mhx control box with controller located in the glove compartment); aftermarket dead pedal and emergency brake pad;DVD, XM, and LCD are controlled by a universal remote For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums to the left. For more photos of the car in this story, click on the link to our gallery at the right.